All posts by Tony Attwood

Why Macbeth with Pictures?

A story about witches, ghosts, murders, and moral values by the greatest dramatist of them all: what else does one need at KS3?

There is a growing awareness (as a recent report on student reading has revealed) that teenagers today, brought up on the internet and multi-channel TV, are showing less and less inclination to read.

This is an issue that we, as publishers of Shakespeare, have faced, and one that we feel we have answered with the production of Macbeth.

For our volume takes the majority of Shakespeare’s original text and offers it alongside both a modern English translation and page upon page of full colour illustrations.

The value of the combination of the original text and the contemporary “translation” is obvious – but there is also an added bonus from including the illustrations throughout.

The report on the decline in student reading I mentioned above reveals that where students are provided with suitable illustrations their willingness to read, and the level of knowledge that they take in, is greatly enhanced.

In this manner, emotionally powerful, complex characters are presented in a way that allows students to consider and debate the demanding questions that Macbeth raises.  Questions such as whether Macbeth is a tragic hero, who is to blame for Duncan’s murder, and, indeed, what makes a good ruler of a nation, can all be considered in a more approachable manner.

This new edition of Macbeth, in full colour with both the original text and a modern English translation, is now being widely used in schools across the UK and is available direct from the publisher.

You can get a feel for the book here. Then just click on the small pictures that run down the web page to the right of the cover picture, and you’ll see exactly what individual pages of the resource look like.

There are more details of how to order on the website And If you would like to know more please do email us at info@shakespearecomics.com or call 01691 770165.

I do hope you find the approach of interest.

Simon Greaves

Evidence-Based CPD – do more for less

What is the most effective way of making Evidence-Based Teaching easy to access and quick to learn?

One solution is to offer your colleagues anytime access to an Evidence-Based Teaching resource that can be personalised to their teaching needs.  A resource they can tap into as and when they need it.

Of course, you will want the resource to be broken down into quick-to-learn sequences that your colleagues will find immediately relevant and easy to apply to their classroom practices.

Value for money will be an important consideration and, since student success is the only real measure of value, the Evidence-Based Teaching resource will need to support your current in-house professional learning strategies.  Strategies such as coaching, teaching and learning groups, and whole school literacy.

Covering a variety of topics such as Behaviour, Independent Learning, Whole Class Teaching and Assessment for Learning, the HOW2s will save you both time and money when compared to buying in traditional CPD or sending teachers out on training courses. And the good news is the HOW2s pass the Education Development Trust’s CPD test

Take a look at our pricing here. Use offer code SCHOOLS17 to get 20% off standard school subscriptions until the end of March 2017.

Call 01277 202812 or email me at info@teachinghow2s.com to arrange a time for us discuss HOW2s – as an ex-SENCO and deputy head i/c CPD, I promise no hard-sell.

Want to find out more?  Watch Nico’s video. Nico is a Maths teacher and uses the HOW2s extensively in his classroom.

Best wishes

Ian Harris
Creator – HOW2s

Tw: @teachinghow2s

What is the most effective way of helping children to develop their problem-solving skills?

It could be argued that the possession of good problem-solving skills is all that it takes for pupils to achieve high attainment across the subjects, not least because every subject area requires pupils to use problem-solving skills at some point or another. Yet, despite this, the curriculum doesn’t cater for lessons specifically in problem-solving.

Which is why we have developed CRAMES – creative games that will help children to develop their problem-solving skills in only five minutes a day, making them ideal to use at the start of the day, between lessons, at the end of the day, and whenever else there might be a spare five minutes.

CRAMES are user-friendly activities that get children thinking creatively, ranging from ‘What if?’ and ‘How many ways …?’ questions to ‘describing things from a different point of view’ and ‘choosing which you would rather be’.

Furthermore, CRAMES focuses on a variety of themes and thinking methods, from fluency, synectics, flexibility, imagination, originality, and risk taking, to elaboration, curiosity, lateral thinking, problem solving, and evaluation.

You can order CRAMES for just £13.99 in a number of ways, including:

• on our website

• by phone on 01449 766629

• by fax on 01449 768047

• by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk

• or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.
Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

A great start to learning their tables

Times Table Plates image

Give your little children a great start to learning their tables with these charming Plates, Bowls and Beakers.

The children get really involved with the characters and this generates a very strong interest within them to learn the tables, meaning they go off to their next school with a great head start.

Please look at our website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or telephone us to ask questions, or seek a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950

rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Debate Chamber Summer Schools 2017 Booking Now Open

Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers, and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for our older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes creates the perfect environment for getting to grips with new ideas. Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days means a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest each individual.

Highlights of Summer 2017 for students interested in current affairs:

The Economics Summer School for students aged 15-18. Focusing on political economy and macro-economics, the five-day Economics Summer School will include seminars on a diverse range of topics, from financial and currency markets to an analysis of economic inequality and its potential remedies. We will also be looking in some detail at the causes and prognosis of the Eurozone crisis, and evaluating more generally the success of ‘austerity’ policies both in the UK and in the wider global context. The continuing impact of Brexit for both the UK and other economies will also be examined. The focus throughout will be on debate and discussion, and on encouraging and supporting students to engage critically and actively with the material.

The Politics Summer School for students aged 15-18. This five-day course will include seminars on key questions within political theory and philosophy, workshops on important policy areas, and analysis of changing voter behavior in both the UK and US. The Summer School will conclude with a full day Mock Parliament, with participants taking the role of MPs, forming parties, making policy and debating legislation.

The International Relations Summer School for students aged 15-18. This course will introduce the central theories involved in the academic study of IR – realism, liberalism, constructivism and Marxism – and will then look at a range of detailed case studies in order to apply, test and explore these theories. Topics covered will include military intervention, international law, development aid, the impact of changing oil prices, regional sessions looking at China and the Middle East, and the European response to the migration crisis.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2017. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews, and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Free KS4 Spanish presentation on shop vocabulary from Boardworks!

Help your KS4 students commit important shop vocabulary to memory with our free presentation!

An engaging picture quiz reinforces key words and tests your students’ recall.  Then challenge your class to unscramble the letters and reveal the names of products sold in the different shops!

An interactive reading comprehension quiz ensures that your students are confident in understanding a passage written in Spanish, and checks their vocabulary recognition.

Find the presentation now on our MFL free stuff page:
www.boardworks.co.uk/mflfreestuff

Kind regards,

The Boardworks team

Interactive Story-Telling and Song Workshops for Key Stage 3

http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Top Traditional Story-Teller Jim MacCool is visiting Secondary Schools throughout the Summer Term 2017.

Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners enrich and entertain all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.

Mr MacCool’s tried and tested workshops are a wonderful cross curriculum activity mixing music, literacy, speaking and listening skills in a fun learning experience for students and staff.

Should you be interested in having Jim MacCool and his Traditional Story-Telling Workshops come to your school, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email: celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk  for more information.

The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running from  Mon. 20th March through to Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Dates of Interest
World Story-Telling Week Starts on Mon. 20th March 2017
October is National Poetry Month

Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk

How schools are responding to the budget cuts in education and…

…why now is a better time than any to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance

According to an article in the Guardian, schools are being forced to do things that they would prefer not to do in order to save money, from axing a subject and closing the library, to stopping all school trips and asking parents to help with tidying up and maintaining the school.

Which is why now is a better time than any to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance.

With 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover, not only can you claim back the huge costs of supply cover, but it also offers the additional benefit of making cashflow forecasting easier. Giving you complete budget certainty!

What’s more, Staff Absence isn’t all that is covered under this policy. Our 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover also includes cover for Staff Wellbeing, Occupational Health, Maternity and HR & Management. Thus it is likely that with our insurance you will be able to release funds into your budget for services that you are already paying for.

Scroll down to see a summary of what’s included in the policy or simply fill in this form to get an Instant Staff Absence Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover. Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

What’s covered in the policy?
1) Staff Absence Insurance: Stress Cover, Paternity Cover, Adoption Leave Cover, Jury Service, Compassionate Leave, Stranded Cover, Carer Cover…
2) Staff Wellbeing: eye tests and replacement glasses, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, cash back on therapies, 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, Personal Accident Cover up to £100,000, Critical Incident Support, booklets for staff and a Wellbeing App download.

3) Occupational Health: occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).

4) Maternity Cover: our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.

5) HR & Employment: unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and School Business Managers at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

 

The Story of Mallory Twitch

A story written by Carolyn Kelly, a Play Therapy UK registrant, for a little boy who just couldn’t ask for help. It starts:

Once upon a time there was a sailor called Mallory Twitch who lived on a little red boat in Pebbletown.  Mallory Twitch was a very talented sailor and his skills were admired by everyone who saw him.

All the sailors moored their boats in the safety of Pebbletown Harbour.  But Mallory Twitch kept his boat anchored outside the harbour because Mallory Twitch did things his own way.  He spent every morning sailing and every afternoon eating cheese and chutney sandwiches. 

But there’s much, much more to play therapy than being able to tell a story.  Every child is different so different therapeutic stories must be produced individually.  Some children in therapy will choose sand tray or clay or puppets or music or other media so the therapist must be trained to communicate with the child (not just observe) in all of these.

It’s essential that schools only employ or contract Play Therapists that are on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and clinically supervised, to quality assure their work. www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Otherwise the school is taking a big risk.

Overall 20% of the UK’s children have issues that are effectively treated by play therapy.  Investing in training a member of your teaching staff will soon be repaid through less disruption in classes, motivated pupils, better learning, reduced staff stress, happier parents and a better deployment of the pupil premium funding.

If you want to know the rest of Mallory’s story, how play therapy is already working in over 2000 primary schools in the UK and the training that is available in 13 centres all over the country, please email Monika at mokijep@majemail.com

www.playtherapy.org.uk

Maximum Engagement is Vital

Which workshop is best for your transitioning students, for your ambitious students and for those in need of additional motivation?

If you wanted to see a fantastic adventure movie, you wouldn’t buy a ticket to see ‘La La Land’ at the cinema this week – even though it is supposed to be excellent.  Similarly, you wouldn’t book a spa weekend if you wanted some high adrenalin action over the Easter break.

Booking a workshop to motivate a particular group of students or to hit a specific target is no different.  One glove really does not fit all.  You need specialist options designed for the distinct purpose.

To maximise the achievement of every student, you need to ensure they are fully engaged and motivated to a high enough level that they actually want to learn.

It is precisely why Thinkers in Education has devised a wealth of far-reaching STEM and skill development workshops over the past decade with movie-like scenarios and game-like structures.  Students cannot help but be drawn in by the experience and find themselves benefitting massively.

And, with a huge 20% discount on any of the Double Session workshops hosted in May and June 2017, you could include two vastly different groups of learners in two separate sessions within the same day – in an extremely cost effective way.

Our Double Session workshops are perfect motivational experiences for science week, activities week, transition days and induction programmes – and options are available for pupils in year 5 through to year 13.

To take advantage of this offer you simply need to register you interest before April 7th and quote the code HHDS17.  If you go on to book a Double Session workshop in May or June, we will automatically do so at the discounted rate.

For more information you can call us on 01603 520866 or email us at info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

We will be delighted to discuss your requirements and advise you which of the workshops will best meet your particular purpose.

Alternatively, you can go online and view the options yourself:  Click here.  You will see the range of activities and scenarios available.  You can even try our incredibly easy to use ‘How to select an event’ guide from the drop down menu if you want a good overview.

We endeavour to make the whole experience, from discussion to delivery, as easy and useful as possible.  The Double Session workshops are an ideal place to start exploring the specialist options available.

Matt Hackett

It’s tough being a teen

What does it mean to an autistic student to be a teen?

The word “teen” originally meant (in the 17th century) injury, harm, suffering or grief.  Later it came to mean irritation, annoyance, anger or rage.

By the 18th century it came to have the current meaning of being the period of life between being 13 and 19 – a handy mix of the end of each number (fifteen etc) and the perceived behaviour of young people of that age range.

It was not until the 1920s that the word “teenager” was added to the lexicon, but the combination of meanings remained – being between 13 and 19, and expressing undue amounts of irriTation, annoyance, anger, etc.

The teens can of course be difficult years for many school students, but for those who suffer from autism spectrum disorder the period can be especially troubling as information and advice for teenagers generally doesn’t cater for those who view the world in a wholly different way.

Which is why SEN Press has produced the Teen Issue Value Pack, suitable for students aged between 14 and 19 with autism or other special educational needs and a reading age of around seven.

The Teen Issues Value Pack consists of six story books, each exploring a different teen issue, with relevance to the ASDAN award programmes ‘Transition Challenge’ and ‘Towards Independence’.   Also included is a CD-ROM providing digital versions of the above titles, which are ideal for interactive whiteboard presentations and for students who would also benefit from listening to the text.

It is possible to edit and save the text to make your own differentiated texts, and there is also an extensive range of activity worksheets and interactive activities that encourage reading comprehension, including page-by-page notes for all the stories and assessment resources (feedback sheets and student record sheets).

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

You can see more details and sample pages from the readers, and details for ordering individual items as well as the full pack on our “Teen Issues” web page.

For further information, please email info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.

Janie Nicholas

Pinot! The Musical – Only 3 Shows Left

June 14/16 Wimbledon.  French through music and theatre!

Out of 16 performances of Pinot! The Musical only 3 are now left!

  • Wednesday 14 June 10.30am
  • Wednesday 14 June 1.30pm
  • Friday 16 June 1.30pm

Pinot! The Musical is the latest thing in language learning. An exciting musical show which gets pupils and teachers singing along in French!

The show is just one hour long and is especially effective with   6 – 12 year olds.    The show takes place in the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre

Booking Pinot! The Musical

  • Book through ATG tickets at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre box office, http://www.atgtickets.com/groups/
  • School groups pay £12.00 per pupil seat (Note: sponsored / funded seats have all been allocated for 2017 – email info@singinfrench.com if you wish your school to go on the waiting list for funded seats for the next season in 2018)
  • Schools qualify for one FREE teacher place with every 10 pupils – maximum 70 pupils per performance
  • Please email info@singinfrench.com when you have booked through Wimbledon Theatre so that you can claim your FREE CD/Songbook pack and FREE mp3 files of show songs.

Pinot! The Musical, the fun-packed comedy musical that makes learning French exciting, is coming to the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre this summer.  Don’t miss this wonderful ‘sing along in French’ musical show!

Set in Paris, the story of Pinot! The Musical follows the adventures of a young Russian cyclist with a dream – to win the Tour de France!  Follow him and his Cossack dancing friends on their thrilling journey!  On their way they meet colourful characters, including a beggar and a bag lady who tell the story in English, and a clumsy policeman who keeps chasing them. The show’s catchy songs make learning French easy for children of all ages – and pupils and teachers will not be able to resist singing along!

French songs cover the following curriculum topics:

  • days of the week
  • alphabet
  • numbers
  • months of the year
  • verbs Etre and Avoir – to be and to have
  • phrases ‘qu’est-ce-c’est’ (what’s that?);  ‘je ne sais pas’ (I don’t know); ‘c’est la vie’ (that’s life) ;
  • question words
  • opposites (big/small grand/petit etc.)

Schools will receive a FREE CD/Book pack plus FREE mp3 files of all the French show songs as soon as they book so pupils start to prepare to sing along lustily on the day!

Yours sincerely

Marie

P.S. Don’t forget, if you are interested in sponsored/funded seats for your school for the 2018 season, please email info@singinfrench.com to go on the waiting list.

www.singinfrench.com

info@singinfrench.com

Interactive Story-Telling and Song Workshops for Primary Schools

Top Traditional Story-Teller Jim MacCool is visiting Primary Schools throughout the Summer Term 2017.
Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners enrich and entertain all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.
Mr MacCool’s tried and tested workshops are a wonderful cross curriculum activity mixing music, literacy, speaking and listening skills in a fun learning experience for pupils and staff.
Should you be interested in having Jim MacCool and his Traditional Story-Telling Workshops come to your school, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email:  celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk  for more information.
The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running from Mon. 20th March through to Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/
Dates of Interest
World Story-Telling Week Starts on Mon. 20th March 2017.
October is National Poetry Month
Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk

Engage boys in education and maintain their interest

What is the single most effective way to engage boys in education and maintain their interest?

According to the DfE, “Girls are outperforming boys in all the main attainment indicators at ks4” which is what makes it so important to implement a whole-school strategy that will not only engage boys in education but that will also maintain their interest.

Which is precisely why Mengage has devised a workshop entitled
The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do?

The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do? is an evidence-based, experiential workshop in which your staff will be taught about the most effective ways to close the widening gap between girls’ and boys’ attainment in education.

This workshop offers practical solutions and covers five main areas of concern, including: male learning styles, boys’ participation in education, addressing literacy concerns, a male-inclusive classroom, and the importance of creating a whole-school strategy.

The Boy Problem: Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do? is delivered in three hours and costs £895. For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and accredited mentoring.

What is the single most effective way of utilising pupil premium funding?

 

There is of course one fundamental issue that affects every other aspect of student’s education: their level of literacy.

The problem is that once a student starts to slip behind it can be difficult to tailor instruction towards individuals within a group.  What each student needs is help and support in his/her specific areas of difficulty.

At this point a highly accurate and rapid system of placing students according to their current literacy ability is required which precisely notes the progress they are making.

Every school needs this analysis, without it taking up more of that most precious resource: time.

One particularly effective solution to this problem is to implement an auto-placement approach which analyses individual ability level and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on in order to ensure literacy progress is achieved.

Then, if the student can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to her or his immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can be done using Lexia Strategies Reading Skills software.  The analysis, the comparisons with other students, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of the anecdotal work is tracked and provided by Strategies.

If you would like to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant

Looking to save on your Teacher Planners?

Well, I think I can help.

Our range of Budget Teacher Planners are designed to meet the changing demands of our customers and budget constraints many schools are up against.

Starting at only £4.95 our Budget Teacher Planners come in B5 or A4 and include the following;

  • Durable twin loop wire binding
  • Double sided fold out dated year planner
  • Undated diary pages printed in black
  • 6 period day layout
  • Attendance & assessment registers

If you’d like to receive more detail and a tailored quote for your 2017/18 planners simply let me know your requirements and I’ll be in touch right away.

Alternatively, you can contact me on 0113 231 0995, I’d be delighted to help.

Kind Regards

 

 

Olaf Surtees
Education Planning Consultant
PENSTRIPE
tel: +44 (0)113 231 0995
www.penstripe.co.uk

What is the single most effective way to reduce your school’s expenditure on staff absence cover?

The answer is simple: by providing staff with extensive health and wellbeing advice and services your school can prevent many staff absences due to sickness and thus reduce your school’s overall expenditure on staff absence cover.

Which is why Schools UK has put together a generous Wellbeing Package for schools.

The Wellbeing Package consists of eye tests and replacement glasses, 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, critical incident support, booklets for staff a Wellbeing App download, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, and cash back on therapies (physiotherapy/ acupuncture/ reflexology).

If, however, there is a case where the wellbeing package isn’t enough to prevent a staff absence due to sickness, we also offer Staff Absence Insurance which will enable you to claim back the huge costs of supply cover.

And not only does Staff Absence Insurance cover the costs of absences due to sickness, but it will also cover the costs of absences due to stress, paternity, adoption leave, jury service, and compassionate leave, among just a few.

The Wellbeing Package and Staff Absence Insurance are just two of five things that your staff are covered for under our 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance.

With 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance you will also get:

  • Occupational Health – occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).
  • Maternity Cover – our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim; however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.
  • And HR & Employment – unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and SBM at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

Simply fill in this form to get an Instant Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance. And if you quote the code SCHOOLS10, you will be eligible for a 10% discount.

Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

A secret, fun, and effective maths teacher at every meal?

This is what Times Table Plates provide at a one off cost of less than £2 per item.

There is much interaction between the children, even those with no previous interest in their tables, and instant recall is  very strong both in the classroom afterwards and for the rest of their lives.

Why not look at the website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or phone  to ask questions or request a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950
rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Support your pupils’ learning through gamification

Computers and consoles are becoming a central part of pupils’ lives, and so game-based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Game-based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification.

Our platform provides 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from any National Curriculum and covering subjects including:

English – covering spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.

Maths – including topics such as addition, subtraction, time tables, shapes, and angles.

Science – explaining the basics of the solar system, speed, time, and elements.

Internet Safety – internet security, viruses, and staying safe online.

All of our games are available in additional languages to help EAL students on request.

We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

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For more information about how EDArcade can help students through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “GBL2017”.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDArcade

T: 01909 776 915
F: 01909 568 350

E: mail@edarcade.com

W: www.edarcade.com

Educate your Year 11 students that are affecting attainment

With the exam season looming and PE exams now weighting 60% on theoretical knowledge, are you confident that your year 11 students are prepared, or are some of your students affecting the teaching and learning in your classrooms?

EDVirtual is a simple and proven way to engage your year 11 students off-site. Within our virtual classrooms your staff, alongside EDLounge staff, have the capacity to educate your students on specific timetabled pathways via a live video stream.

Learners follow a unique pathway designed around their needs and achieve support when they require it. This will ensure each student reaches their full potential in a controlled and safe environment.

Our platform includes lessons and mock exams for BTEC sport to test your students’ understanding and easily identify any weaknesses, allowing you to allocate suitable catch up programmes to your students before it’s time to sit the real thing.

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Out Latest Case Study

In just six weeks following an English and Maths programme, we achieved the following results:

  • 15 students in 1 (KS4) class had a 93% success rate.
  • 353 out of 420 sessions were attended (meaning an 83% overall attendance, creating a 4% increase in whole school attendance)
  • Two students were successfully reintegrated back into mainstream education
  • 36% of students had 100% attendance
  • One student increased attendance by 15%, another by 43%

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To find out more about how this was achieved please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01909 568 338 or email us at contactus@edlounge.com.

Kind Regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDVirtual

T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350

E: contactus@edlounge.com

W: www.edlounge.com

Free BBL game tickets for your school basketball team

Complimentary tickets to a British Basketball League game for your school when you spend £150 on Molten balls.

I am contacting you from Sports Ball Shop regarding our free BBL game tickets for schools offer:

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Sports Ball Shop, a sports equipment specialist and leading school supplier, has teamed up with Molten to offer you and your school basketball team free tickets to a British Basketball League game.

We are giving away 10 free tickets to each qualifying school for selected British Basketball League games.

Claim your free tickets and find your nearest British Basketball League game:

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All you need to do is spend £150 on Molten balls in one transaction. This can include any combination of Molten balls; we have a range of training and match quality basketballs, footballs and volleyballs which can be found at: https://www.sportsballshop.co.uk

As well as a vast range of sports equipment, we provide resources, guides and Coaches’ Corner which offers a range of coaching packs created through working closely with teachers and coaches.

To claim your free tickets, or to find out more, simply contact us at sales@sportsballshop.co.uk

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Academic Summer Schools 2017

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2017:

The Summer Law School for 15-18s, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal Law, Civil Law or International Law, or to attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

The English Literature Summer School for 15-18s, now in three 5-day blocks to allow time for greater discussion of contemporary literature, and a more in-depth look at various literary critical perspectives. Students can come to Part 1 for literature up to 1790, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, to Part 2 for literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or to the brand new Part 3 which covers contemporary poetry, prose and drama.

The Philosophy Summer School for students aged 15-18 offers five days of challenging material, covering a range of philosophical topics including meta and applied ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics and logic. A great introduction to philosophy as a subject, as well as an opportunity to develop an all round academic skillset which will benefit students in any discipline. This course is complemented by the Critical and Cultural Theory Summer School which explores the ‘continental’ approach to philosophy.

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18 comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

Our Physics Summer School is now in two separate five-day events, with Part One being relatively maths-light and open to all students from 15 upwards, and Part Two more mathematically focused, and reserved for students who will have completed AS Level (or equivalent) Maths by Summer 2017.

For those who will have completed AS Maths, we also offer the Mathematics Summer School, five-days of intensive and challenging material, which will really give participants the opportunity to stretch and develop their mathematical skills.

For those interested in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, History, Politics, and Classical Civilisations.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2017. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/.

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.<

Why young people are reading fewer books

Why we need to understand how the internet has changed young people’s attitudes to reading: a free report

“Attitude” is not everything, of course, but it counts for a lot.  The young person who enjoys reading will self-evidently read more than the young person who thinks books are old fashioned or just plain boring.

But of late something has happened – for researchers have noted a change both in the attitude of many young people towards reading and in the way they make judgements on the validity of the knowledge that they have.

Indeed it is being suggested that this is quite probably one of the biggest changes in attitude towards reading and knowledge since the evolution of mass market paperbacks 90 years ago.

The first awareness that a change of immense proportions was happening occurred when academics started to complain that some undergraduates who were perfectly capable of taking their courses were simply not reading set texts at all.

Research also showed that many of these students who regularly used the internet were not accepting that they knew facts (even where they had a perfect knowledge of an issue) unless they could verify the fact on the internet.  In short, they have started to believe the internet more than their own learned knowledge.

Such attitudes towards reading have also permeated through secondary and primary school, but it has taken a while to understand exactly what is happening in terms of how young people now see books and magazines.

And it has taken even longer to work out how knowledge can be presented to bright, but reading-averse young people.  However new research has revealed a way forward.

The full details of the research and the solution are contained in the free report, “Understanding how the internet has changed young people’s attitudes to reading and what can be done about it”.  The report gathers together research and commentaries from various academic sources and presents a new clear approach to working with young people who simply don’t read books and who doubt their own knowledge unless they can verify it on-line.

For a copy of this report simply email click on the link below:

http://www.files.schools.co.uk/How_to_overcome_the-aversion-to-reading-in-the-internet-generation.pdf

Create an Effective and High Performing Learning Environment

Research has shown that having the right classroom furniture has a positive effect on both children’s health and their classroom development. For teachers it improves classroom management, increases productive learning time and interaction with pupils.

Our team of specialist buyers and experienced teachers has sourced quality, affordable, durable and easily maintained classroom furniture that is flexible to accommodate different teaching and learning styles.

Whether you need to furnish an entire classroom or simply require individual pieces of equipment; Early Years Resources has an excellent selection to choose from. Our range includes:

  • Classroom Tables and Chairs – ergonomically designed tables and chairs for children that allows movement and encourages good posture.
  • Storage Solutions – Tray storage, shelving and cupboards.
  • Book Storage – enhance your library setting with our selection of bookcases and bookshelves.

We have over 6000 exciting and innovative products, to view our range of products visit our website or view our digital catalogue.

Ordering from us is easy, simply email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk with the items needed, quantities required and your delivery address. We will then provide with a quote including shipping costs.

Great reasons to shop with us

  • Delivery worldwide
  • Quick and helpful quotation service
  • 25 years of supplying educational resources to schools worldwide
  • Over 6000 resources including Outdoor, Furniture and Art and Craft equipment
  • Resources selected by our team of experienced teachers and specialist buyers

For any other information, feel free to contact us on (+44) 0161 865 3355 or email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk.

Why (I feel as if) I know everything there is to know about Hepatitis A

The reason that you should get a noticeboard for your school is the same reason that (I feel as if) I know everything there is to know about Hepatitis A

At my local doctor’s surgery there is a notice which says “Please switch off your phone!”, so when I am waiting to see the doctor, keeping my brain occupied can be something of a challenge. In hindsight, I should probably bring a book along with me, but each time I forget.

This aside, it doesn’t take long for my eyes to start wandering around the waiting room and before I know it I’m reading anything and everything that my vision will allow – from posters about the risks of contracting an illness abroad, to the surgery’s ‘out-of-hours’ policy.

The thing is, the notices in the surgery’s waiting room never change, so for the past ten years (at least) I have been reading the exact same poster about Hepatitis A.

Long story short, when one waits, one reads. Which is precisely why you should get a noticeboard for your school – because parents will read anything and everything in their sight while waiting to pick their child up from school – making it a highly effective school-to-parent communication system.

Indeed, if your school is thinking about buying a (new) noticeboard, Greenbarnes has a range of styles which you can see on our website. Alternatively, please do call us on 01280 701093 and we’ll be pleased to discuss our boards, send you a brochure, and give any advice and guidance that you may require.

Discover Doddle with a free meeting!

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle English can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been updated for the most recent specifications and are mapped to all major exam boards.

Our range of in-depth, engaging resources covers all aspects of popular set texts, such as An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, and Frankenstein, as well as all four Assessment Objectives for the English Language specifications.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

Every Classroom Needs A BabbleGuard!

Don’t you just love it when you see a simple idea and you think to yourself – ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ That’s what teachers and education professionals have told us when they see the new BabbleGuard from Connevans.

BabbleGuard is a beautifully simple solution to encourage all students to keep the classroom noise at a comfortable level, promoting concentration, listening and learning.

Using an attractive LED bar which fits neatly on top of an interactive whiteboard and a sophisticated sound sensor, BabbleGuard changes colour depending on the level on sound in the Classroom. Using the traffic light pattern of green, amber and red it is simple for even the youngest children to understand.

BabbleGuard can be used in a wide range of learning environments, is quick to set up and easy to use. The teacher doesn’t need to do anything, the students can see for themselves.

More information on the brand new BabbleGuard is available here … http://www.connevans.co.uk/product/14457645/

To arrange a free trial, either phone me on 01737 247571 or email to phil@connevans.com  and leave the rest to us!  (Please don’t delay, early indications show that BabbleGuard is going to be very popular!)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Phil Boswell

Director – Connevans Limited – supplying schools since 1961

PS: My wife is a Primary School Teacher and being my wife she tells me what she really thinks and she loves the BabbleGuard 🙂

As of 2016 we are very proud to be … by Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Manufacturer and Supplier of Audio Equipment https://www.royalwarrant.org/directory?query=connevans

Research: students who use web-based testing progress at a faster rate

Students who regularly test their literacy and numeracy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects

According to recent research, carried out by Andrew Gallacher (an education coordinator at the University of Glasgow), students who regularly test their numeracy and literacy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects.

Which is exactly why Education Quizzes exists – and why we are offering free sign up for schools to Education Quizzes for a whole year.

Our library of KS3 Art and Design quizzes cover an extensive range of topic areas, making them ideal for revising what your students are being taught in their Art and Design lessons, past and present.

Education Quizzes is also ideal to set as homework tasks as it involves little to no PPA time – giving you more time to focus on planning and preparing future lessons and assessing the work of your students from lessons which have gone before.

To see the KS3 Art and Design quizzes that we have produced thus far, toggle through the topic area links below. Alternatively, you can email admin@educationquizzes.com to request more information.

If you would like to sign up free to Education Quizzes for a year, simply visit our schools’ registration page – www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/

Topic area

Techniques 

Organising Projects 

Evaluating and Analysing Art 

Painting 

Drawing 

Sculpting 

The Impressionists 

Abstract Art

Pop Art

Modern Art

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Moral dilemmas at Mill Lane Junior School

What is the single most effective way to help your pupils to develop their emotional intelligence?

It is vital that children work to develop their emotional intelligence, for emotional intelligence is what guides thinking and behaviour and enables one to adjust emotions to different environments, people and circumstances.

Yet emotional intelligence can be incredibly difficult to teach to children, which is why Brilliant Publications has produced 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2.

50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 covers a range of topics, from listening, cooperation, and learning from experience, to determination, courage and honesty.

This wonderful collection consists of 50 assembly stories (set in Mill Lane Junior School – a fictional school), each of which provides a moral dilemma for the character(s) to consider or tackle. The impact of the way in which the character deals with the dilemma is significantly greater as pupils are able to relate to the character and the character’s dilemma.

Thus, children will be interested to find out what the characters do in different situations, whether it is confronting a bully or admitting that they have made a mistake.

The stories can be used at specific times of the year, when issues arise, or whenever you are suddenly called upon to do an assembly. They can even be introduced into the curriculum where appropriate.

To order 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 for just £17.99, simply visit our website.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Assembly Book Bundle for just £59.96 which consists of 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2,  Brilliant Class-led Assemblies for KS2, Brilliant Stories for Assemblies, and More Brilliant Stories for Assemblies.

Other ways to place an order with Brilliant Publications include:

  • calling us on 01449 766629
  • sending a fax to 01449 768047
  • or by sending your order in the post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

Art History Summer School 2017 – Booking Now Open

The History of Art spans tens of thousands of years; from the ancient cave drawings at Lascaux to contemporary cutting edge installation and performance works, with each piece and period having something important to show us about human life. The Art History Summer School provides a five-day whirlwind tour through some of the key moments in the development of Western artistic practice. It also offers an opportunity for students to get stuck into some big philosophical questions in the field of aesthetics – What is art? How can we judge ‘good’ art? Is it meaningful to speak of the ‘progress’ of art?

The Art History Summer School offers an overview of the subject which seeks to explore and expand the traditional canon. Students will be introduced to a variety of approaches to Art History, including post-colonial, post-modern and feminist theories of art.  This course will be taught by post-graduates from top universities and is structured in a way that gives a taste of undergraduate learning through a small group lecture and seminar format. The Summer School will offer a lively and interactive environment for students, allowing participants to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas together with tutors and like-minded peers.

For those keen on pursuing Art History at university, the course will give a broad introduction to some key areas of Art History which will enable students to speak more confidently about these periods, artists and themes and to discover more about areas which they might be interested in pursuing in more depth in the future. For those considering Art History in a more vocational light, there will also be material looking at the practical task of curatorship, as part of which we will be taking a trip to the National Gallery.

No prior knowledge is required to attend this course, all we would ask is that students have a strong interest in art and a willingness to engage actively with some fascinating and challenging material.

Feedback from previous students:

“The Art History Summer School was a wonderful experience! The lecturers made the subject fascinating, and I really enjoyed learning about the many different areas of art history. I would definitely recommend this summer school to anyone interested in learning more about the subject or considering studying it at university!”

“A really useful week, I would definitely recommend the Summer School to anyone thinking about History of Art as a degree. It covers such a broad range of topics, you come out feeling like you have a really good understanding of lots of aspects of art.”

“This course is perfect for people who haven’t done any History of Art before! It helps you learn how to look at a piece of artwork differently and provides a vastly broad but also quite detailed introduction to the subject. It has been incredibly useful, as I am now positive that I want to study it at university!”

Practical Details:

The cost of the five-day course is £475 and it will be held at the University of London in Bloomsbury on the 21st–25th August 2017. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

There will be a limited number of bursary spaces available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/art-history-summer-school/ call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

What do you think are the most important issues in health and well-being?

What schools and teachers think is important to us

youcansay is a service for gathering and acting on young peoples’ views and experiences. We ensure that when there are new issues affecting young people, they are included in our well-being and health surveys.

Knowing what schools and teachers think are the most relevant topics is important to us. If you are able to help, please answer this two minute survey. If you provide an email address we will be able to send you a summary report when the survey closes.

To do the survey now click here

What is the single most effective way of enhancing respect for each other in the school?

The answer turns out to be very simple: respect for the views and ideas of others is enhanced primarily through understanding.  Prejudice and antagonism thrives where knowledge is lacking.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with religious differences.  Even a small amount of knowledge gained in a 45 minute session can work wonders in dispelling ignorance and encouraging respect.

But, most powerfully of all, such understanding tends to last not just through school days, but a lifetime. Years of potential prejudice can be wiped away in just one session.

It is to enhance respect and understanding that Rabbi Douglas Charing, Director of the Jewish Education Bureau, has been visiting schools throughout the country for many years.

He offers lively and informative presentations on many aspects of Judaism, including Festivals such as Passover and Chanukah, and life-cycle events. Story and song are also included.

There is no limit to the number of young people who can attend the session, but experience shows that the session works best with between 50 and 100 children present. Separate presentations are available for key stage 1 and key stage 2 children.

The cost of the visit depends on your school’s location and whether you require one or more sessions with different groups; however, for most schools the cost of a KS1 session and then a KS2 session is around £95 per hour plus travel costs.

To make a booking or for further details of cost and availability, phone our hotline on 0345 567 4071 or email rabbi@jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

Rabbi Charing is also available for school-based Inset.

www.jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

From decoding texts to reading comprehension and critical thinking

Activity books that will support your pupils on the journey: from decoding texts to reading comprehension and critical thinking

In order for your pupils to become confident in their comprehension abilities, they must first be confident in their ability to decode texts. Indeed, once decoding has been mastered they will be well on their way to becoming confident in their reading comprehension abilities.

Towards the end of primary school an ability to think critically about texts will also be established where pupils will be pondering questions, such as: “what does the writer really mean?” and “why has the writer chosen to use these words?”

With Brilliant Publications’ Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for Years 1 to 6, you can support your pupils on this journey, all the way from decoding and comprehending texts to thinking critically about those texts.

The passages in the Reading Comprehension series provide children with a variety of engaging texts, ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues, to plays, stories and poems – all specially written for the purpose.

Activities range from simple factual recall and vocabulary work to open-ended questions – enabling the reader to provide a more personal response. There are also detailed suggestions for integrating writing, speaking and other literacy tasks with the passages.

The texts and activities gradually increase in difficulty as your pupils progress through the book (and through the series), encouraging children to develop their ability to read for meaning and use a range of strategies to engage with the text.

You can order the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for just £95 at https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/brilliant-activities-for-reading-comprehension-series-pack-2nd-edition-518.

Alternatively, you can buy the books separately as printed versions (£19.99 each) or as e-book versions (£13.99 each), letting your pupils start their journey straightaway, at the following links:

Or, if you’d prefer, you can order any of these resources by:

  • calling us on 01449 766629
  • sending a fax to 01449 768047
  • or by sending your order in the post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

Order British Values Key Stage 3 books now and get a 15% discount

A series of 4 books covering the key areas of democracy, law of the land, mutual respect and tolerance and individual liberty.

What teachers are saying about our British Values books –

‘Easy to use lesson ideas that will fit neatly into our topic plans’

‘A great resource covering difficult concepts of judicial independence and the Rule of Law in an engaging manner’

‘Great illustrations and clear activities for teachers and children to follow’

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For more information visit our website

Gresham Books Ltd

Tel: 01983 761389

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Supporting Your Able Scientists

Specialist Saturday and Holiday Workshops, for able and ambitious science students, at no cost to the school

There is an easy way to capitalise on all of the interest and enthusiasm generated by a Science Week that helps you create a truly extraordinary programme for your ambitious scientists.  And, most importantly, it requires no extra work.

As a science department, you aim to provide the best scientific opportunities for all students.  As a parent you want to give your children the best start in life.

This is why Spectacular Saturday and Holiday Workshops have proved to be so highly valued by schools and families throughout the UK.  They allow schools to host leading STEM workshops at no cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.

They allow participants to experience science activities that are typically unavailable until they reach higher education and develop essential skills that give them an advantage in education and beyond.

With three very different workshops to choose from, all developing different skills and offering different hands-on practical activities, you can easily provide for your most ambitious and more able students.  And the parents will appreciate the additional support the school makes for their children.

Every workshop has been recommended by every host school for over a decade.  So, whether you choose ‘Dead on Time’ the ultra-realistic CSI workshop for critical thinkers, ‘Target Mars’ an adrenalin filled space adventure for creative thinkers or ‘Bunkered’ an exciting survival story for strategic thinkers – we make it easy for you but incredibly effective.

To see more details about these options, you can click here.  But, quite simply, you choose a day on which you can host the event and we send you the literature to distribute to parents to book a place.  They pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost using Pupil Premium funding.  It costs just £25 per pupil per day.

Once you have more than 20 pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the entire day on the date of your choice.

The presentation team, all with full DBS checks, will simply need access to a hall or large room in which the workshop takes place from 8:30 to 15:45.  They will greet parents, supervise students from arrival to departure and deliver an unrivalled STEM experience.

Participants will each receive a certificate of achievement detailing the skills developed.  There are also prizes for members of the winning team and medals for the champions of the day.

For details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here.  For details of 2-5 day Holiday Schools click here.

For further information, please call us on 01603 520866 or email events@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Discover Doddle with a free meeting

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle Maths can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been updated for the most recent specifications and are exam board-specific. From statistics to sequences, and theorems to trigonometry, our in-depth resources can both introduce and recap tricky topics, all the while giving your students exam-style practice to build their confidence.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

English Literature Summer School – Part 1 (650AD to 1790AD)

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650AD to 1790AD, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. In addition we will also be covering Historicist and Feminist critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

This course offers the opportunity for an in-depth and illuminating exploration of the major movements in the development of English Literature. Tackling canonical authors including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, students will develop the skills to read them both within their historical context and in dialogue with other writers and genres, such as the Medieval courtly poem and Renaissance travel writing. The course should foster a broad understanding of Medieval, Early Modern and eighteenth-century literary movements and familiarise students with their range of distinctive genres, styles and concerns.

Covering a wide range of writing forms including narrative and religious poetry, drama, Renaissance prose, and the invention of the novel form, we will combine close and critical reading with short lectures, group work and editing projects, in order to understand how the texts we encounter were put together. We will approach literature not only in book form, but also in its older oral incarnations, in manuscript, and crucially in performance. Drama should be understood in relation to its production on the stage, and an integral part of this is the trip to a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre. For 2017 this will be Twelfth Night.

As well as tackling the exciting developments in the English language through Old and Middle English, we will focus on major ideas that stimulated the literary imagination through several periods including religion, empire, and gender relations. Literary theory will play an important role in examining the production of ideas over time, and in this Summer School we apply the insights of Feminist and Historicist criticism in order to open up new perspectives on the texts that we read or encounter in performance.

Literature of past periods can sometimes seem remote from our own as we grapple with Anglo-Saxon anonymous authorship, or why fiction was such a shocking concept in the early eighteenth century. This Summer School invites students to read literature pre-1790 with historical awareness, critical acuity and an enhanced understanding of the ways in which it has shaped cultural relations, in the past and in the present. As such, the course will be particularly useful to students considering undergraduate study of English, but it is suitable for all those with a passion for literature, and complementary to A-level and Pre-U courses with an emphasis on understanding different periods of literature.

You can view a full schedule for the course, details of tutors and lots more feedback from last year on our website – www.debatechamber.com.

Part 1 of the course will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017. Students may also be interested in Part 2 of the Summer School on the 31st July – 4th Aug which covers literature from 1790 to the present day, with a focus on postcolonial and deconstructivist schools of theory, or Part 3, taking place 7th-11th Aug, which covers exclusively contemporary prose, poetry and drama, with a focus on psychoanalytic theory and theories of the canon.

Please note that students can attend all Parts of the Summer School, or just one or two, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for other Parts.

Practical Details:

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017.

The cost of booking any single Part of the English Literature Summer School £475, the cost of any two Parts is £850, and the cost for all three Parts of the Summer School is £1200. The Summer School will be held at a University of London, Bloomsbury campus (please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required).

There will be a limited number of bursary spaces available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Why Change to an Interactive Touchscreen (ITS)?

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens. These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings.

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a SEVEN YEAR warranty. GeneeWorld  offer a guaranteed seven year warranty.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee.

Arkel Computer Services is a specialist Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

Prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from: £1340

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” De Luxe with built in Android £1340 (Special Offer Price while stocks last)
G-Touch Slim 65” Classic £1884
Heavy Duty Wall Mount £45
H Frame and Wall Mount (for floor mounting) £150
Larger Screens are also available up to 86”
Special March Offer on 80” De Luxe £2995

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English Literature Summer School – Part 1 (650AD to 1790AD)

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650AD to 1790AD, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. In addition we will also be covering Historicist and Feminist critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

This course offers the opportunity for an in-depth and illuminating exploration of the major movements in the development of English Literature. Tackling canonical authors including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, students will develop the skills to read them both within their historical context and in dialogue with other writers and genres, such as the Medieval courtly poem and Renaissance travel writing. The course should foster a broad understanding of Medieval, Early Modern and eighteenth-century literary movements and familiarise students with their range of distinctive genres, styles and concerns.

Covering a wide range of writing forms including narrative and religious poetry, drama, Renaissance prose, and the invention of the novel form, we will combine close and critical reading with short lectures, group work and editing projects, in order to understand how the texts we encounter were put together. We will approach literature not only in book form, but also in its older oral incarnations, in manuscript, and crucially in performance. Drama should be understood in relation to its production on the stage, and an integral part of this is the trip to a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre. For 2017 this will be Twelfth Night.

As well as tackling the exciting developments in the English language through Old and Middle English, we will focus on major ideas that stimulated the literary imagination through several periods including religion, empire, and gender relations. Literary theory will play an important role in examining the production of ideas over time, and in this Summer School we apply the insights of Feminist and Historicist criticism in order to open up new perspectives on the texts that we read or encounter in performance.

Literature of past periods can sometimes seem remote from our own as we grapple with Anglo-Saxon anonymous authorship, or why fiction was such a shocking concept in the early eighteenth century. This Summer School invites students to read literature pre-1790 with historical awareness, critical acuity and an enhanced understanding of the ways in which it has shaped cultural relations, in the past and in the present. As such, the course will be particularly useful to students considering undergraduate study of English, but it is suitable for all those with a passion for literature, and complementary to A-level and Pre-U courses with an emphasis on understanding different periods of literature.

You can view a full schedule for the course, details of tutors and lots more feedback from last year on our website – www.debatechamber.com.

Part 1 of the course will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017. Students may also be interested in Part 2 of the Summer School on the 31st July – 4th Aug which covers literature from 1790 to the present day, with a focus on postcolonial and deconstructivist schools of theory, or Part 3, taking place 7th-11th Aug, which covers exclusively contemporary prose, poetry and drama, with a focus on psychoanalytic theory and theories of the canon.

Please note that students can attend all Parts of the Summer School, or just one or two, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for other Parts.

Practical Details:

The English Literature Summer School – Part 1 will take place on the 24th-28th July 2017.

The cost of booking any single Part of the English Literature Summer School £475, the cost of any two Parts is £850, and the cost for all three Parts of the Summer School is £1200. The Summer School will be held at a University of London, Bloomsbury campus (please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required).

There will be a limited number of bursary spaces available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/. call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

What more can you do to attract new teachers to fill the job vacancies at your school?

With the current climate of employment in the education sector it’s vital that you can offer an attractive job package to applicants – not least to ensure that they (if given the choice) would choose to work for your school as opposed to a neighbouring school.

Which is why an increasing number of schools are choosing to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover as it offers a generous Wellbeing Package for school staff. And if you quote the code SCHOOLS10, you will be eligible for a 10% discount.

With the Wellbeing Package you will be able to offer your existing staff and future staff: eye tests and replacement glasses, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, cash back on therapies (physiotherapy/acupuncture/reflexology), 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, critical incident support, booklets for staff and a Wellbeing App download.

5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance also covers:

  • Staff Absence – Stress Cover, Paternity Cover, Adoption Leave Cover, Jury Service, Compassionate Leave, Stranded Cover, Carer Cover…
  • Occupational Health – occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).
  • Maternity Cover – our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.
  • And HR & Employment – unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and SBM at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

Simply fill in this form to get an Instant Staff Absence Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover. Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

A focus on health and well-being

youcansay is a service provided by ReSURV for gathering and acting on pupils’ views.

Some of the information that comes out of our surveys can be surprising – or even shocking, which was our reaction when over a third of students in one school told us they regularly had nothing to eat before the first lesson.  These pupils who skipped breakfast were also more likely to voice concerns about feeling poorly, feeling angry, losing control,anxieties about home life, and fear of not fitting in.

What value would you put on information like this? Our service, which is fully supported and includes detailed reports analysing your results, is immediately available. It is affordable, costing as little as £550 for an entire secondary school.

To see more information on surveys which could be used in your school please click here

If you would like to talk about the questionnaires, their benefits and how they work, please call us on 0118 978 1078, you can also contact us by emailing service@youcansay.co.uk

Adam Dotchin

Can you find the time?

Dear Colleague,

In a school not too far away from you a PE Department has come together to organise the planning and delivery of the new curriculum. The head of department is eager to get going around the white board…

Head of Department

“Right let’s get organised and ready! Ideas go!”

Teacher 1
“So we need lesson plans that are specific and involve cross-curricular elements.”

Teacher 2
“Also we need to make sure this is tied into the theoretical elements of the GCSE PE Spec now that its 60% weighted in favour of the exam.”

Teacher 3
“This needs doing for each year group, each term and each topic so… Football, Hockey, Trampolining, Rugby, Athletics… ” (This could go on for a while)

 Teacher 4
“Also we need to have our yr10 and 11 students work through exam style questions again relating to the GCSE PE Spec.”

Head of Department
“Right, and this needs to be in one consistent format, with differentiated tasks and drills that we can periodically assess”

After an hour (or so) the white board was filled with great ideas and the future looked bright… until…

Teacher 5
“How much time do you have in your day to accomplish this?”

Does this sound familiar?
At the PE Office we have dedicated our time to the creation of comprehensive lesson plans, schemes of work, task sheets, learning resources and a robust assessment platform. These have been designed to support any PE Department with the current curriculum and assessment requirements.

To find out more on what PE Office can offer you and your department please contact us on 01909 776900 or emails us at mail@peoffice.co.uk

Many thanks.

Sam Warnes

English, Maths and Science through Game Based Learning

Dear Colleague,

With technology becoming an important part of pupils lives, game based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Our aim at EDArcade is to promote and support pupils’ education through fun and engaging game based learning.

Game based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification.  EDArcade features 85 educational games, with more in development, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from the National Curriculum.

We cover a range of core and non-core subjects, including, but not limited to: Maths, English, Science and Internet Safety.

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We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

For more information about how EDArcade can help pupils through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “EDArcade17”.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDLounge
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Nurture the Ambitious and More Able

How to host Spectacular Saturday and Holiday Workshops, for able and ambitious students, at no cost to the school

As a school, you aim to provide the best learning opportunities for all students.  As a parent you want to give your children the best start in life.

This is why Spectacular Saturday and Holiday Workshops have proved to be so highly valued by schools and families throughout the UK.  They allow schools to host leading STEM workshops at no cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.

They allow participants to experience activities that are typically unavailable until they reach higher education and develop essential skills that give them an advantage in education and beyond.

With three exceptional workshops to choose from, all developing different skills and offering different hands-on practical activities, you can easily provide for your most ambitious and more able students.  And the parents will appreciate the additional support the school makes for their children.

Every workshop has been recommended by every host school for over a decade.  So, whether you choose ‘Dead on Time’ the ultra-realistic CSI workshop for critical thinkers, ‘Target Mars’ an adrenalin filled space adventure for creative thinkers or ‘Bunkered’ an exciting survival story – we make it easy for you but incredibly effective.

Quite simply, you choose a day on which you can host the event and we send you the literature to distribute to parents to book a place.  They pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost using Pupil Premium funding.  It costs just £25 per pupil per day.

Once you have more than 20 pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the entire day on the date of your choice.

The presentation team, all with full DBS checks, will simply need access to a hall or large room in which the workshop takes place from 8:30 to 15:45.  They will greet parents, supervise students from arrival to departure and deliver an unrivalled STEM experience.

Participants will each receive a certificate of achievement detailing the skills developed.  There are also prizes for members of the winning team and medals for the champions of the day.

For details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here.  For details of 2-5 day Holiday Schools click here.

For further information, please call us on 01603 520866 or email events@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Discover Doddle with a free meeting!

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle Science can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been fully updated for the 2016 GCSE specifications and are exam board-specific. They also include maths for science and Working Scientifically resources to support you in meeting the new requirements.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
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Philippa
Doddle

Improve your students’ outcomes

The School Improvement Conference

Wednesday 26th April 2017

“We run our schools differently. Students want to attend them, teachers want to work in them and other schools want to learn from them.”

We have one School Improvement Conference left this year on April 26th 2017.  Our first two events this year have proven very successful with colleagues attending from across the country stating:

“Absolutely outstanding – most useful experience of my career to date”

“Excellent day with lots of discussion, good honesty”

“A thoroughly engaging, thought provoking day.  All presenters and presentations were excellent and at times inspiring”

“Great day, some superb ideas that can be implemented.”

Come and join us to see how our innovative resilience curriculum, behaviour policies, coaching model and approach to leadership have transformed schools in a short period of time. Three of our schools now sit in the top 10 for similar schools nationally.

For more information, please take a look at our brochure and booking form by following the links below. We look forward to working with you.

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What show are schools raving about?

There’s a theatre show touring the country that schools are raving about!

“Absolutely brilliant – it kept very close to the book and was even better in parts. Everyone was truly amazing, with brilliant characterisations. You brought the West End to Nottingham!”

Highfields School in Newark was enthusing about David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny that’s now touring through until July prior to its West End summer season. It’s your chance to for your pupils to enjoy what Viscount Beaumont’s school in Coalville called “Excellent – much funnier than the book and very clever. The children loved it!”

GANGSTA GRANNY is the most popular book by the UK’s bestselling children’s author, David Walliams. It is now an acclaimed new play suitable for pupils at infant, junior and middle school level (ages 4 to 12) and it will help you cover part of the National Curriculum.

See venue details, photos, reviews and a trailer of the show plus download free teachers notes at www.birminghamstage.com

Special school ticket prices apply at all tour venues and many give free tickets to teachers on duty. Schools can also claim back the VAT on their pupils’ tickets to reduce costs further.

“How do you entertain a thousand deafening under ten-year-olds for two hours? The answer is this cracker of a show, brilliantly adapted and directed, which comes with a smashing cast. It’s totally grantastic!” * * * *  The Mail on Sunday

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

“Kids adore David Walliams’ books and they loved this show. It has an infectious exuberance that answers the writing’s zest and theatricality. Every comic opportunity is grasped!”  * * * * The Daily Telegraph

Gangsta Granny follows Birmingham Stage Company’s hugely popular shows including Horrible Histories, Tom’s Midnight Garden and James and the Giant Peach.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing children’s adventure!

STOP PRESS: David Walliams writes “The BSC’s Gangsta Granny is truly brilliant, so I’m hugely excited that next they’re bringing Awful Auntie to the stage. It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot – Wagnar and I can’t wait to see it!” BSC’s new tour of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie starts this autumn full details at www.birminghamstage.com

The most amazing space generator for schools ever

Are you worried that your sheds and outbuildings are not as secure as you would like them to be? Perhaps you’ve already suffered from an attack by thieves or vandals. Would you like one central place to keep all the things you need rather than having them scattered throughout the school?

A secure, weatherproof container is the answer to all these problems and more but don’t just take our word for it. Debbie Stephens, Business Manager at Perry Court School, told us:

“Having been broken into 3 times and had all the equipment taken and our sheds broken, not only did we have to keep replacing everything but our insurance company refused to insure us.  Since we have had our container in place we have had no attempts by people to break in, no arson and no vandalism.  The container is green so it blends into the environment perfectly and we use it every day.” Debbie also told us that she believes wooden sheds are false economy because the locks are flimsy and can easily be kicked in and shipping containers last a lot longer. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!

Prior Park College in Bath bought two containers to replace their tatty sheds which were deteriorating. They have helped tidy the area up and Mike Crudge told us “We tried everybody but Container Team delivered what we wanted and came in on price.”

Mark Malone from Salesian School, Surrey is using his container to keep tools and furniture in. Previously these things were all over the place, so the container has helped centralise things and has given them much more storage space within the school. He said “Container Team turned up when they said they would, they are competitively priced and it is what it says on the tin – a container for storage purposes”

Site Managers all over the country have already discovered the benefits of using our containers. Our high security locking system ensures that your equipment will be stored securely.

Containers are affordable whether you hire or buy, starting at only £12 per week. The lease can be as short as a month and in some schools the cost is met by PTA.

A wide range of sizes is available starting at garden shed size right up to a whopping 40ft long unit. If you have an awkward space, we can manufacture a unit to fit it.

For more information and case studies please check out our website storage-for-schools.co.uk.

We deal with schools on a daily basis so we’ll be able to answer all your questions and offer plenty of help and advice. Just call Sarah on her direct number 01934 245026 or email sarah@containerteam.co.uk and we’ll see what we can do to help you.

£300 worth of complimentary books and career resources for your school

We are contacting you regarding our free books for schools offer: http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

How2Become Ltd, an award-winning careers and educational specialist, is currently working in partnership with over 100 schools, colleges and universities across the UK, including the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Kent, to provide free KS1 and KS2 books of your choice for students and your school.

As a careers and educational publisher of 12 years, we have a vast range fo books we feel will help your students:

  • KS2 Maths Revision Series
  • KS2 English Revision Series
  • KS2 Science Revision Series
  • KS1 & 2 History Revision Series
  • 11+ Kent Test Revision Series (the UK’s only publisher)
  • Plus 100s more

We are offering to send you £300 worth of FREE books:

Claim my free books >

There is no catch – over 100 schools have already taken up our offer – simply select £300 worth of books and we will send them to you (we even cover the postage costs); we are simply trying to grow the awareness of our books amongst students, parents, and teachers.

To take up this free offer, or to find out more, simply contact our education coordinator, Gemma Butler, at: mailto:g.butler.how2become@gmail.com?subject=I would like to claim my free books and resources

Full details of all our resources can be found at http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

Kind regards,

Joshua Brown
Operations Director
How2Become Ltd

www.how2become.com

Helping students who slip behind

What factor is responsible, more than any other, for students slipping behind in literacy?

It is a fundamental fact of teaching literacy that each student progresses at his/her own unique rate.  Each student has his/her own personality.  Each has different levels of paying attention. Every student is different.

In order to resolve these various problems it is very helpful – indeed one could say essential – to have a highly accurate and rapid system of placing students according to their current literacy ability, while precisely noting the progress they are making.

Unfortunately, this creates a second problem because analysing exactly where a pupil is in terms of developing literacy skills is even more time-consuming.

The way around all this is to implement an auto-placement approach which allocates each individual’s ability level and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on.

Then, if the student can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to his or her immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can all be done using Lexia Strategies Reading Skills software.  The analysis, the comparisons with other students, the progress, the remedial work – all of this is tracked and provided by Strategies.

If you want to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, then again we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant